Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bourbon headed to Washburn; Cox expected back

Senior running backs Brandon Bourbon, left, and Taylor Cox.

Senior running backs Brandon Bourbon, left, and Taylor Cox.


The Journal-World has learned that former Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon will enroll at Washburn University in Topeka and play his final season of eligibility for the Ichabods next fall.

Bourbon, a former four-star prospect from Potosi, Missouri, who came to Kansas after initially committing to Stanford, battled injuries throughout his five-year KU career and never really got a prolonged chance to show what he could do.

After sitting behind James Sims for three seasons from 2011-13, Bourbon appeared to have his best opportunity heading into last season but suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason camp.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound back finished his KU career with 422 yards and four touchdowns on 81 carries in 30 games and seven starts. His best season came in 2013, when he played in all 12 games, started six, and rushed for 191 yards and three TDs on 41 carries. His 5.2 career yards-per-carry average is an indicator of what he’s capable of, and Bourbon should have a chance to deliver more of that at the MIAA school he’ll call home in 2015.

In related news, it looks as if Taylor Cox will return to KU for his final season of eligibility in 2015. A source close to the team told the Journal-World that Cox would return. The 5-11, 212-pound fifth-year senior who missed last season with an Achilles tendon injury is listed on KU’s updated roster.

Cox, a former junior-college transfer, missed 10 games in 2013 and all of 2014 after rushing for 464 yards and three touchdowns on 91 carries in 12 games — three starts — during the 2012 season, his first with the Jayhawks.

Football in February

While busy finishing up his first recruiting class as the KU coach, David Beaty found time to map out the next several weeks.

In addition to welcoming prospects in for official visits and hitting the road to try to find more talent, Beaty has set up a schedule of events for February designed to put KU’s coaching staff in touch with KU fans across the state.

They’re dubbing it “Football in February” and it starts with a signing-day party from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Abe & Jake’s in Lawrence. Beaty and his KU coaching staff will be in attendance to meet and greet fans, as well as speak to the crowd about the newly signed recruiting class.

On Feb. 7, from 4-6:30 p.m., KU will host a Fan Fest at Anschutz Pavilion that will feature several of the events common on game days in the fall as well as appearances by Beaty, all nine members of his coaching staff and current and former KU football players.

Later in the month, Beaty will attend various luncheons around the state. The dates and places include: Noon on Feb. 12 at Smoky Hill Country Club in Hays; 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson; 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Topeka Ramada Inn Convention Center; 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Sporting KC’s Boulevard Members Club in Kansas City, Kansas; and 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Larry Bud’s East Side in Wichita.


kellerman411 7 years, 6 months ago

Charlie Weis did the same thing. Heck, Charlie hit every steak house from here to the Colorado border, and when he got to the border, he figured he might as well turn back around and keep on eating at steak houses.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 6 months ago

I think you maybe missed Jason's point, may have been more to do with steak houses than connecting with rural Kansas!

Jack Jones 7 years, 6 months ago

No, the point was way more than obvious ~ and had little to do with the future of KU football.

kellerman411 7 years, 6 months ago

You boys are sharp now! ;-) A lot sharper than Forest Gump!

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 6 months ago

Bourbon deserves all the thanks and appreciation that he can get for his 4 long-suffering years as a Jayhawk. What a trooper. I wish him nothing but the best next season and into the future.

And Rock Chalk Taylor Cox! Welcome back! We all saw what you're capable of when you were a newcoming sharing the backfield with Sims. We need all the help we can get next year and you're capable of carrying the load.

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 6 months ago

Man I feel bad for Bourbon. Wish we could have him and Cox back. I'm curious as to why he chose another school? Maybe the playing time just wasn't there? Hard to believe since him and Cox would likely be in the lead to start. Either way wish the guy best of luck and hope he has breakout year.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 6 months ago

Best wishes to Bourbon. He has the size and speed to get an offer to a FA camp next year if he has a big, healthy year this year. Hopefully, he fully capitalizes on the opp.

As for our backfield, it will be crowded even without Brandon. Cox, Avery, Mann, and Kinner. If everyone stays healthy, it won't even be inconceivable to think that Corey rests (takes a RS) next year, and provides a great 1-2 punch next year with only Kinner returning, and then for 2 more years with whomever comes along. Will Wrench return next year?

Dirk Medema 7 years, 6 months ago

"Corey rests (takes a RS) this year (2015), and provides a great 1-2 punch next year (2016)."

Bville Hawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall Cox as being a decent receiver out of the backfield and also very good at picking up the blitz and protecting the QB. Are those accurate?

Deb Fitch 7 years, 6 months ago

Best wishes for Brandon but wish he had gone to Pitt State.

Doug Cramer 7 years, 6 months ago

Good luck Bourbon. You were always one of my favorites. Maybe we'll see you out floating the Jacks Fork one of these days. Preciate you coming over from the dark side to play football.

Randy Bombardier 7 years, 6 months ago

Imagine what Bourbon could do in Georgia Tech's offensive system. Heck imagine wh as t he could do behind Warriner s line. Power size and speed. I always thought he had the ability to play sundays... I f he'd stay healthy. Glad to see Cox back.

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